DALLAS -- Brandan Wright hopes to go through a full contact practice next week and be in a live game sometimes shortly thereafter.
The Dallas Mavericks' center/power forward has been out since suffering a small non-displaced fracture to his left shoulder during an Oct. 8 practice session at American Airlines Center. Wright, though, can see the ending ahead to what has become a nearly seven-week process on the sidelines thus far.
"The body feels good, the shoulder feels better,'' Wright said Tuesday. "I think I'll be able to get on the court sometimes next week.''
Wright said he doesn't have a timetable on when he expects to play in his first regualr season game. He also said not to read anything into the jumpers and free throws he was shooting once the media was allowed into the Mavs' practice session Tuesday.
"I've been shooting (before),'' Wright said. "Y'all just didn't know.''
Wright collected 14 points and three rebounds in only 19 minutes during the preseason opener against the Pelicans on Oct. 7. He was 7-of-8 from the field during the 94-92 loss to the Pelicans, then injured his shoulder the next day.
-- Dwain Price
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